• Krystyna Kmiotek Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland
Keywords: Generation Y, motivation, human resources, management, professional development


Along with Generation Y entering the market place, the human resources specialists have selected significant generation differences.  The generations vary in values, expectations, approach to work, supervisors, and organization.  These differences are very important for human resources management improvement as well as the motivation system in a company.  The existing survey shows that Generation Y greatly appreciates the possibilities of professional development at work and it is important inducement for young employees.  

The aim of the article is to identify the approach of Polish Generation Y to their professional development and confirm that companies have to offer suitable conditions for professional development to attract and maintain the biggest talents.  Based on the questionnaire survey conducted among generation Y employees, we attempt to answer the following questions: “is the possibility of professional development the most important motivator?” “Could the lack of the company support for professional development be the reason for giving up the job?” “How does Generation Y take care of their own professional development?” The research shows that the possibility of professional development is not the most important motivation factor for Polish generation Y; this is because they value family, personal relations, and time for their passions or relaxation more.  In fact, these factors are more valuable for Generation Y than money and work.  

Furthermore, for young employees the lack of support in professional development by the organization is an important aspect that could cause them to leave the organization.  Despite good preparation for work, generation Y employees still pursue further education, while working, in order to enhance their professional development.  Human resource management practice in Polish companies should consider these conclusions under the scope of motivation system and talent management.


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